With a view to enabling long-distance travel without the need for airports, Volvo recently introduced their 360c Concept, showcasing what autonomous cars can actually be. Initially, we were introduced to autonomous vehicles where a person sits behind the wheel but not actually driving the vehicle with a surprised look on their faces. Understandably so, but the Volvo 360c Concept is a completely different matter altogether.
A futuristic exterior, navigation through GPS, a radar to monitor the distance to other vehicles, and a smart system to communicate with other vehicles are present, while manual controls for a driver to take control are not. That’s right. No manual control. What the car does offer is a whole new concept of commuting and travelling. The Volvo 360c Concept uses a system comprising external sounds, colours, visuals, movements, and communication systems which makes the car’s movement very clear. The interior is as intriguing as the exterior and will potentially come with four designs: sleeping environment, living room, mobile office, and entertainment space.
The sleeping cabin allows one to enjoy premium comfort and peaceful travel through the night and wake up refreshed at one’s destination. In the sleeping environment, the question of safety due to the position of a passenger comes into question. Volvo have countered this with measures such as a safety blanket which has a restraining system similar to a three-point safety belt.